Deadline: June 30, 2022

Entry fee: £10

About the contest

Wasafiri encourages readers and writers to travel the world via the word. For over three decades, we have created a dynamic platform for mapping new landscapes in contemporary international writing featuring a diverse range of voices from across the UK and beyond. Committed to profiling the ‘best of tomorrow’s writers today’ we simultaneously celebrate those who have become established literary voices, offering a creative space for dialogue and debate.

Before entering the prize, please read the Terms and Conditions carefully. You may enter two manuscripts to the prize (£10 for one entry, £16 for double entry), either in the same or different categories. You may complete the form more than once if you wish to submit more than two entries. Subsidised entry is available for those who would otherwise be unable to enter the prize; details of this are below.  

Submission guidelines

  • The competition is open to anyone who has not published or signed a contract to publish a book-length work of fiction, life writing, or poetry, except for self-published works or poetry chapbooks.
  • Entries must not have been previously published in any form (excluding live performances or shares on personal blogs or social media channels).
  • If entries are published, or accepted for publication, elsewhere between submission and shortlisting, they will no longer be eligible. You must inform us immediately if work submitted to the prize is then accepted for publication elsewhere by emailing [email protected]
  • The competition is not open to members of the Wasafiri Board or Wasafiri staff, or any individual involved in the administration of the prize, or their families.
  • Entries must be completed through the submissions form no later than 5pm BST on Thursday 30 June 2022.
  • Failure to meet the conditions of entry will mean that a submission is automatically disqualified from the competition. Entry fee will not be refunded.
  • No entry may exceed 3,000 words.
  • All prizes are for short works, not for novel/memoir extracts. While extracts from longer works are eligible, they must stand alone as complete works in their own right.
  • A single poetry entry can include up to three poems, which together total no more than 3,000 words. Each poem must each be submitted as a separate document.
  • Do not write your name or provide any other form of identification on your manuscript or in the document title. All submissions will be considered anonymously.
  • Work must be typed, in a legible font, font size 12, double-spaced, A4, and submitted as a .doc file or similar (no PDFs).  
  • Manuscripts cannot be altered after submission.
  • Enter the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize here.
VoW Research
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